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Saturday, September 13, 2008


Rem Koolhaas at Seattle Public Library, Central Branch

The famous Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, the mind at the center of the Central Library, will speak to Seattle about something it needs more of: "Public Space." Is there any way to get enough of this, Koolhaas? No. He's a great writer, theorist, and speaker. As for his book S,M,L,XL, it's the bible for an age that has lost all sense of gravity. We now float from hip to hip, from dip to dip, from building to building. (Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave, 386-4636. 2 pm, free.)



Stranger Genius Awards at Moore Theatre

Every year, The Stranger gives the five best artists in Seattle a cheap QFC sheet cake, a $5,000 check, and a crazy-big party thrown in their honor. This year's winners: Lynn Shelton (film), Paul Mullin (theater), Sherman Alexie (literature), Wynne Greenwood (visual art), and Implied Violence (organization, loosely defined). The location: the gorgeous, crumbling, 100-year-old Moore Theatre, where you'll be able to wander with your drink up to the dark corners of the highest balcony. The entertainment: dancing with the Emerald City Soul Club, live music by Dyme Def, Daedelus, and James Pants. And oh yeah—it's free. (Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave, 9 pm, free, 21+.)

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    Posted by Caesar Salad | September 13, 2008 11:04 AM

    Looks like there has been a change in the schedule. There shall be no Koolhaas at Central Library today.

    Library site says:

    "Architect Joshua Prince-Ramus, co-designer of the Central Library building, will give a presentation titled, "Learning from The Seattle Public Library" at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium."

    "Please note: OMA's Rem Koolhaas was originally scheduled to give this presentation. "

    Posted by Ben | September 13, 2008 12:20 PM

    So Koolhaus got traded for Some Other Architect. Well, damn. I was genuinely excited about this event, especially given Koolhaus's scheduled subject, namely "Public Space," an increasingly important subject for our increasingly self-privatizing city lately.

    Charles, if The Rem is gonna give the same talk here in The Seattle anytime soon, any chance you can give us all a heads-up if'n you hear about it early, if not first?

    Posted by Jeff Stevens | September 13, 2008 1:23 PM

    I awoke to the sound of sweet nothings in my feel good syndromaeda, that undefined space in the connective muse of a musician.

    Previously I had witnessed Judge Roy Bean in a fruitcake high on mescaleans...

    French lashes in a boutique full of carmel eyes and neopolitan panda bears.

    Sailing on the absynnian dreams of a cat dancer, I remembered the paradigms of misgiven understandings that once hindered the writers block of my mind...

    and enabled the political electorate to steal the babies from the bedroom.

    Here and there everywhere at once they came running in to greet me... amazed as I was by the last tango of my sign... which was hanging off my torso like a torrid Fabio book cover in a dime store novel.

    Rabbit le La pin.. stinky the hammock he was once called remorse... and the gentle breeze of the coast brought in the yogis and Bodisativa Pram colored on tandem trykes like the purple haze of a counterfeit journalist hell bent on blatherig bake sales inside the 1000 foot zone of the prenuptial agreement.

    There... on a bridge to nowhere was the Candidate...

    and over there was the hellaport...

    That scene of scrumptueous tuesday afternoon lovers drinking in the bliss of the sidewalk cafe'.

    All at once the director shouts action...

    the cavalcade of nuisance stopped like the bursting of balloons in a grandstand parade of railway hip-slip-cheerio-chip chap-cheerleaders.

    God, I was as high as the podium and all I could do was look down upon the play fields of strawberry ice cream bumble bees and sing.... it's good to be alive.

    Don Henly was singing in the background he had come here to kill the dragon over and over and over and yet the silly birds around my head just wouldn't quit singing like the old uncle remus musicals we grew from petrie dishes in the science lab after recess...

    Her thighs showing from the back of her chemists coat as I pretended to drop my pencil on the floor for the benefit of the aide who claimed he never saw the beeker leave the watercooler... Scott Weilded the microphone to the barn door and hummingbirds balanced on the head of a pin waiting for the dean to come in and cancel the audition...

    Then curiously I fell asleep again to the screaming of the crowd as the leader of the band took the floor and Marcus Welby M.D. introduced the writer...
    Ladies and gentle men... the award for screen writer of the year goes to....

    (Possible interesting froward note to the academy)

    Posted by danielsethjohasen | September 13, 2008 1:46 PM

    Speaking of public spaces: more piazzas, please! The Central Library is a fine example of public space for Seattle. Airy yet roofed, with lots of light. (What is this dark city's problem with windows and balconies?)

    Joshua Prince-Ramus's presentation was interesting and fun. Thanks for letting me know about the event, Slog.

    Posted by Amelia | September 13, 2008 4:19 PM

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